Halyna Serhijenko was born in 1946 in Mariupol, Donetsk oblast. She tells about the events that took place in her family and the town during WW2 based on the words of her parents and friends.
Zinaida Laskova was born on August 21, 1926 in the village of Hnylozubivka into a large family. She survived the Holodomor of 1932-1933. My great-grandmother witnessed World War II. When she was 16 years old, she was taken to Germany, where she worked first at a factory and then in a local tavern, where the locals used to come for a beer. After the war, my great-grandmother turned back home. On her way home, she was accompanied by the scary-looking prisoners of concentration camps. After the war, she got married and had three children. Until the end of her life, Zinaida Laskova was considered by many to be a very cultured, honest, and kind person.
During World War II many families were forced to resettle and head to the West leaving behind all their belongings. It was an exhausting travel in goods wagons. Zofia Mazur was a victim of the process.
I don’t know where my dad went. He wasn’t at home for almost a week. When German soldiers left the village he came back and his friend told him: “Don’t show the dog!” But how to hide a dog, where?!
The winter war became a horrendous test for the military. My grandfather said: “After the Nazi had left the Ukrainian village it was occupied by the Bolsheviks.”
A story of Lidia, a daughter, and Natalia, granddaughter about their mother and grand-mother Anna Fokina, who have been forcibly moved to Germany and worked there on a plant as ostarbeiters.
During the WW2 my great-grandfather served on the 2nd Ukrainian Front as a machine gunner of machine gunning company of the 4th Separate Guardian motorcycle Fokshan regiment.
The war began when Nadiia was not even a one year old, but the worst memories are connected with the post-war times, the famine of 1946-1947.
Programme of the internal meeting of the Ukrainian group in Kyiv, 15-17 December 2017.
My great-granny didn’t know that in February 1943 her sister Motia, all her family including two children – Slavik and Valia – were killed by the SS officers.
Photos from the internal meeting of the Ukrainian team in Vinnytsia on 15-17 September 2017 of the History begins in the family youth international project 2017-2018.
In 1941-1943 my grandfather was a minor prisoner of a Nazi ghetto in Domanivka, Novobohdanivka (Odesa region). He is a son of repressed fathers, former prisoner of a Nazi ghetto. Now he is a pensioner, lives in Donetsk.
Programme of the internal meeting of the Ukrainian group in Vinnytsia, September 15-17’17
Photos from the Lviv encounter on 3-9 July 2017 of the History begins in the family youth international project 2017-2018.
On 7th July 2017 participants met with Mr. Stepan Horechyi, who was an OUN activis in times of the WW2. After the end of the war he was imprisoned to the Soviet GULAG, he took part in the Norilsk uprising in 1953.
Photos from the historical quest across the Lviv streets, 6 July 2017
Biography of a former Soviet prisoner who took part and collaborated with the OUN in times of the WW2.
Pavlo Levytskyi tells about the shooting of Jewish people in his village, his childhood during the World War II and his life in the orphanage.
The war killed and scattered many Ukrainians all over the world among whom the relatives of Mrs. Dariia Zavoiska appeared to be.
Mykola Pavlish wrote a story of his life in five school notebooks. His parents found these diaries in the old grandfather’s office. Stories, written by grandfather in his notebooks, are interesting and humanized, containing the information about historical events, specific people’s names and adventures. Such oral stories usually allow you to immerse yourself in not only your family history but also into the history of your homeland. I personally did not know my grandfather, because I was born a year after his death, but my father Oleh Pavlish told me this story.